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5 ways businesses can help employees eat well and move more

Working adults spend a third of their waking hours in work which means our workplaces are key spaces for improving wellbeing.

These environments shape our behaviour; how active we are, what we eat, so businesses are well-placed to take simple steps to promote physical activity and healthy eating.

This blog summarises a few of the many practical tips for businesses that you’ll find in Public Health England’s new free resource ‘Physical activity, healthy eating and healthier weight – a toolkit for employers

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Calorie reduction: the scope and ambition for action

This report sets out the evidence on children’s calorie consumption and the details of the calorie reduction programme.

In terms of the evidence the report includes details of:

  • recommendations around calorie intakes, sources of calories and reported levels of intake
  • calculated estimates for daily energy intakes and excess calories consumed by children and adults
  • evidence on reformulation and portion size reduction; and public perceptions and attitudes to calories
  • estimated health economic benefits of a calorie reduction programme

For the calorie reduction programme, the reports sets out:

  • the overall ambition and structure of the programme
  • the food categories included
  • suggested mechanisms for action
  • timeline and next steps for PHE

You can read the report as a pdf here

A single inspection of voluntary adoption agencies – consultation outcome

The majority of respondents to the consultation supported Ofsted’s proposals:

  • for a single inspection of all voluntary adoption agencies, irrespective of the number of premises used
  • to reduce the notice period for the inspection of voluntary adoption agencies from 10 working days to 2 working days.

The new approach to inspecting voluntary adoption agencies will start from April 2018.

This report gives a summary of the responses to the consultation and the changes that are being made. It also sets out what was learned from the pilot inspections that were undertaken to test out the single inspection model and reduced notice period.

For more information go to the Government website

Our invisible addicts

This report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists highlights the need for clinical services to focus more on the needs of older people as growing numbers of baby-boomers seek help for substance misuse.

It makes a series of recommendations including the need to enhance training at all levels – such as training more addictions psychiatrists and old–age psychiatrists to manage the specific needs of older substance misusers.

You can read the report as an online pdf here

Adding extra years to life and extra life those years: a local government guide to healthy ageing

According to this report from the Local Government Association the biggest increase has been in the over 85s, up by nearly a third. This trend will not only continue in the coming years, it will actually gather pace. But while the greater longevity is to be welcomed, far too many of those later years are being spent in poor health. That is bad for the individual and bad for the state. The longer a person spends in poor health the more health and care they need, so tackling it is a priority for local government aiming to reduce the impact of long-term conditions, turn the tide and make sure that those in old age are able to maintain their health, wellbeing and independence for as long as possible.

You can read the report here as an online pdf

Health Matters: Community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing

A Public Health England blog

Why communities matter

Positive health outcomes can only be achieved by addressing the factors that protect and create health and wellbeing, and many of these are at a community level.

Community life, social connections and having a voice in local decisions are all factors that make a vital contribution to health and wellbeing. They build control and resilience, help buffer against disease and influence health-related behaviour and management of long-term conditions. Community-centred ways of working are important for all areas of public health – health improvement, health protection and healthcare public health.

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Mental health inequalities

The Mental Health Foundation has published Health inequalities manifesto 2018.

This manifesto presents the individual and local actions that can be applied to address mental health inequalities.  It reviews the latest evidence from the UK about what works to reduce risk of mental health inequalities, presenting examples of best practice and learning that is relevant to all communities across England.

Cold turkey won’t help smokers quit, says PHE

Over 58% of smokers still try to stop smoking without using an aid despite this being the least effective way to quit.

A Public Health England (PHE) report highlights that public misunderstanding of the harmfulness of nicotine containing products, such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and e-cigarettes, may be linked to inaccurate and confused perception of the risks of nicotine.

For more information go to the Government website

Diabetes prevention programme exceeds expectations

More than half of overweight patients who routinely attended sessions on the NHS type 2 diabetes prevention programme achieved an average weight loss equivalent to nearly 15 double cheese burgers, new data has revealed.

Diabetes and its complications cost over £6 billion every year to treat and one in six patients in hospital has diabetes. Around nine out of 10 people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes which is closely linked to obesity and there is strong evidence that it is preventable.

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Diabetes Prevention Week

NHS England, Diabetes UK and Public Health England are launching their first Diabetes Prevention Week this April.

The campaign, which runs from 16 to 22 April 2018, aims to raise awareness of type 2 diabetes, how to prevent it, associated complications and at-risk groups.

It will also inform the public about the NHS diabetes prevention programme. A free toolkit, including everything you need to host your own local diabetes prevention event, is now available for GP surgeries and other local organisations to order from Public Health England